Establishment of Davao – Manado Air Linkage 

Davao-Manado Air Link

In support to the development of an ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) under the MPAC, BIMP-EAGA is also pushing for the establishment, as well as revival of air connectivity within the EAGA focus areas which is expected to increase not only tourism arrivals but also trade activity within and beyond the sub-region.  It could be recalled that various airlines have previously operated in the route such as Bouraq Airlines (2002), Merpati Nusantara (2005) and Sriwijaya airlines (2006), which have ceased operations due in part to the companies’ financial and operational losses.

Community-Based Ecotourism (CBET) Strategy

Status of the development of the identified CBET sites are as follows:

Tibolo Cultural Villa

                                             Tibolo Cultural Village 

  •  Construction 90% completed  (1 Restaurant, 1 Pavilion, 6 cottages)
  • Research Consultants are hired for the Development of Community-based, Culture-Focused Ecotourism 
  • Participatory Planning Workshop conducted on June 26-27, 2014 among all the stakeholders

Building Local Community Resiliency in BIMP-EAGA for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

The main of objectives of coming up with this project are to: (1) aid in building the resiliency of local communities in BIMP-EAGA; and, (2) ensure the protection and sustainable use of the natural resources within BIMP-EAGA that will also redound to the benefit of the local populace.  The program will have component projects that range from information sharing, expertise sharing, joint assessments, watershed characterization, vulnerability studies, tabletop exercises, and capability building.

The program desires to protect the natural landscapes within BIMP-EAGA, prevent damages to the health of BIMP-EAGA residents, and provide food security even without compromising the sustained economic growth in the region.

The intended outputs of the project are:  (a.) Watershed Characterized, (b.) Vulnerability of Watershed Assessed, (c.) Strengthened Disaster Response Capabilities, and (d.) Established Climate Change/ DRRM Resource Centers